Black Bolt, or Blackagar Boltagon, is a fictional character that appears in America comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He first appears in Fantastic Four #45. Take a look below for 24 more fascinating and weird facts about Black Bolt.
1. Black Bolt is the ruler of the Inhumans, a reclusive race of genetically altered superhumans.
2. His signature power is his voice, as his electron-harnessing ability is linked to the speech center of his brain.
3. When Black Bolt speaks, it triggers a massive disturbance in the form of a highly destructive shockwave that’s capable of leveling an entire city.
4. Due to the extreme danger posed by his powers, Black Bolt has undergone rigorous mental training to prevent himself from uttering a sound, even in his sleep, and he usually remains completely silent and speaks through sign language.
5. As part of the 2012 rebranding initiative Marvel NOW!, Black Bolt re-joined the Illuminati.
6. The son of King Agon and Queen Rynda, Black Bolt was exposed to the mutagenic Terrigen Mist while still an embryo, and eventually demonstrated the ability to manipulate electrons.
7. Black Bolt’s hyper-sonic shout has been said to generate enough force to destroy planets. A whisper can level a city, cause distant dormant volcanoes to become active once more, and generate tremors on the far side of the planet.
8. While using a machine that focused his energy, Black Bolt screamed so loud that he punched a hole through time and space. Even Reed and Tony were surprised by his power output.
9. Black Bolt is said to be faster than Quicksilver.
10. Black Bolt’s Quasi-Sonic scream is powered by electron energy that he draws in from the environment. At maximum, the force is equal to that caused by the detonation of a nuclear weapon.
11. He can run at a speed so great that he’s invisible to the human eye.
12. Franklin Richards once created a cube that contained Black Bolt’s voice and allowed Black Bolt to speak naturally to Frank.
13. He wears a metallic, fork-shaped antenna upon his brow that allows him to focus and channel his powers in more directed and less destructive ways.
14. In World War Hulk, Black Bolt whispered to Hulk, breaking bones in his body and making him angrier. Hulk replied, “I didn’t come here for a whisper, I want to hear you scream!”
15. Black Bolt is capable of lifting more than 1 ton on a normal basis, but he can amplify his strength to lift between 75 and 100 tons.
16. In a “What If” comic, Black Bolt once got scared by a spider and gasped in a low tone but still managed to destroy half of Attila.
17. Black Bolt can control the electrons in a person’s body and turn them to stone. He can also power Attila for ten millennia due to his electron manipulation ability.
18. Black Bolt is well-respected. He’s had the Beyonder and Ronan bow before him. Even his people consider him above Inhuman.
19. In the comics, it’s said that Black Bolt is almost as strong as the Hulk. He is an extremely close second in strength.
20. Anson Mount was interested in portraying Black Bolt in The Inhumans television show for the challenge of playing a lead role without being able to speak.
21. As a member of the Illuminati, Black Bolt has custody of the Reality Infinity Gem.
22. As the leader of a sovereign nation, Black Bolt often visits the United States or the United Nations for political reasons. He has diplomatic immunity during these trips.
23. He was trained by Karnak in using his superhuman senses to detect weaknesses. Through this method, Black Bolt was able to find the weak link of a chain he was being held with.
24. Medusa often acts as a translator for Black Bolt.